At Park, we love learning. We endeavour to foster an environment where children hone the necessary skills to become excellent learners. We are passionate about building learning power in our children so that they become better learners, both in school and out. Building learning power enables young people to face challenges with confidence and creativity. We want our pupils to leave our school armed with the tools they need to be successful citizens in the 21st century.
We have 6 ‘learning powers’ we currently want to develop in every learner at Park Primary:
Be Curious: Wonder, Question, Explore, Experiment, Try, Take Risks
Be Attentive: Notice, Concentrate, Contemplate, Immerse, Manage Distractions, Listen
Be Determined: Perseverance, Recovery, Resilience, Practice, Bouncebackability
Be a Thinker: Analyse, Deduce, Critique, Reflect, Evaluate
Be Social: Collaborate, Accept, Empathise, Lead, Follow
Be Creative: Make connections, Playfulness, Visualise, Imaginative, Resourceful, Efficient, Finds creative ways to resolve conflict and rise to challenge
Each Learning Power has a character attached to it, helping us to remember the attributes of that Learning Power. Our Learning Powers are displayed around the school to remind us to think about them.
At Park, we regularly change learning partners. We enjoy learning with different people because we can learn lots from each other. We think it’s an important skill to be able to learn with different people. Our teachers help us to understand how to be good learning partners; they teach us to work collaboratively and the importance of listening to each other.
Dr Carol Dweck believes there are two types of mindset – a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. In essence, people with a fixed mindset believe that their basic abilities and intelligence are set. People with a growth mindset believe that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, persistence and practise.
At Park, we have a growth mindset. Our teachers give us specific praise for our efforts and we think carefully about the language we use.